“That is not in my future,” she said.
But the three-term Republican said she will also refrain from endorsing anyone in the party’s July 31 primary, which now includes incumbent Chairman Tim Lee; Bill Byrne, who served as chairman from 1992 to 2002; retired business executive Larry Savage; and former Marine Col. Mike Boyce.
“In almost all local races, I stay neutral,” Goreham said before her hour-long town hall meeting at the Cobb County Safety Village. “I’m going to have to work with whoever succeeds in their campaign.”
Likewise, Goreham declined to say how she will vote in the July 31 Transportation Improvement Act referendum, which, if passed by voters in a 10-county metro Atlanta area, would bring in more than $8 billion to pay for road and mass transit projects over 10 years. The projects, including nearly $900 million for a bus rapid transit line in Cobb, would be paid for with a 1 percent sales tax.
“I don’t think it adds anything to the whole subject matter, and also I think it is a very individual vote,” she said. “I don’t want to sway anyone’s feelings one way or another.”
Dave Smith, 47, of west Cobb, told Goreham during the meeting that he thinks the TIA referendum should be held in November, when more people traditionally vote.
“It’s not ethical government,” Smith said of the July date. “Half the people are out of town. I think that’s a terrible way to decide it.”
The Safety Village took up a large portion of the meeting, with Goreham beginning the event by showing a video about the facility, which teaches around 20,000 Cobb County second- and fourth-graders a year about fire prevention and other safety measures. She ended the meeting by taking some of the meeting’s 30 attendees on a tour of the eight-acre site on Al Bishop Drive.
The Safety Village has been under the microscope because the Citizen Oversight Committee, a group of Cobb residents the Board of Commissioners appointed to find inefficiencies in county government, recommended that the county seek ways to reduce funding to the facility, including having school districts pay for more of it or turning it over to a private company.
Goreham said no further developments have taken place on the issue since county officials determined the recommendation will need more discussion.
Goreham also highlighted the county’s new $2.7 million Senior Wellness Center at 1150 Powder Springs St., in the Powder Springs Shopping Center.
Rochelle James, 46, of Marietta said she was excited about the new center, which will have a ribbon-cutting in August.
“Having that makes me want to stay here as a senior,” she said.